JD Martinez starts home run trot, nearly tagged out at second base

JD Martinez dives back into second base 8/9/2019

Boston Red Sox designated hitter JD Martinez nearly committed an embarrassing base-running blunder during Friday night's game against the LA Angels.

It happened in the bottom of the sixth as Martinez hit a fly ball to deep right field that went over the head of Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun. Martinez began his home trot after rounding first base, but didn't notice that the ball bounced in front of and off of the wall, allowing Calhoun to play it and toss it back to the infield.

Martinez realized his mistake after rounding second base (maybe one of the coaches got his attention), and he found himself having to dive back to second. It looked like the Angels would get the out for sure. However, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar tried to tag Martinez on the right arm, while Martinez was able to slip around the tag with his left arm to make it into second safely.

Despite the close call for Martinez, everything worked out well for the Red Sox, as the double was the start of a 5-run rally. Martinez finished 4-for-5 with 4 RBI on two doubles and two home runs as the Red Sox crushed the Angels 16-4.

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